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    Quote Originally Posted by shortythorne View Post
    Sounds extremely BORING to me .
    It is only boring if you drive it to be. You can Also drive an S1000RR in a boring way if that floats your boat as well.
    Have you ever drifted a corner at 75 mph with a Spyder,.... I have. It was just as thrilling as my old 1985 RZ500 2-stroke V4.
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    Over the last year I've gotten more interested in the Can-Am Spyder. Since the Ryker came out, I'm even more interested. The Ryker doesn't have all the storage and frills that the Spyder has, which suits my style of riding just fine. I'd probably want the 900cc engine versus the 600cc.

    Anyone here have experience with the new Ryker?

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    Sorry I do not, but that is a sweet looking rig.
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    I like the weight of the Ryker: the 600cc is 590 lbs dry and the 900cc is 610 lbs dry. That puts the wet (curb) weight of the 900cc machine at about 630 lbs, about the same weight as my K1200RS, which is my heaviest bike.
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    Just had a bad thought. If I were to buy a Can-Am Ryker or Spyder, used or new, I would have to deal with Ridenow Powersports for service -- they are the only dealer within a 100+ miles. I really don't like them. That may be a deal-breaker for me.

    I will have to investigate on the Spyder and Ryker forums about self-servicing them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 75450 View Post
    Over the last year I've gotten more interested in the Can-Am Spyder. Since the Ryker came out, I'm even more interested. The Ryker doesn't have all the storage and frills that the Spyder has, which suits my style of riding just fine. I'd probably want the 900cc engine versus the 600cc.

    Anyone here have experience with the new Ryker?

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    Interesting.....This is the first I have seen of it.
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    Just checked pricing-
    Ryker 600 will start at $8,499; Ryker 900 starts at $9,999; and Ryker Rally Edition, will begin at $10,999. By contrast, the 2019 Can-Am Spyder will start at $15,999 and goes up to $24,999. This aggressive pricing is at the heart of Can-Am's strategy to attract new riders to the Ryker.Oct 18, 2018
    Sounds real reasonable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 75450 View Post
    Just had a bad thought. If I were to buy a Can-Am Ryker or Spyder, used or new, I would have to deal with Ridenow Powersports for service -- they are the only dealer within a 100+ miles. I really don't like them. That may be a deal-breaker for me.
    Are you near Austin? There are dealers in Boerne and New Braunfels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tonyfr View Post
    Are you near Austin? There are dealers in Boerne and New Braunfels.
    No. Southern AZ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 75450 View Post
    Just had a bad thought. If I were to buy a Can-Am Ryker or Spyder, used or new, I would have to deal with Ridenow Powersports for service -- they are the only dealer within a 100+ miles. I really don't like them. That may be a deal-breaker for me.

    I will have to investigate on the Spyder and Ryker forums about self-servicing them.
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    Getting back to the original question, very few of my three wheel beginning rider course students have a two wheel endorsement coming into the course.....for a variety of reasons. What they do have is a desire to "ride", even if they don't necessarily define "ride" in the same way many of us do. The demographics of the new 3 wheel riders I have been seeing are generally in the 50 to 70 year old group. "Young" 3 wheel students have been in their late 20s to early 30s .

    I have noticed that the younger the student, the more likely they will tend to migrate toward the Rykers.

    At the beginning of the classroom portion of the class, I do take some time to describe the differences between the dynamics and operation of 2 wheelers and 3 wheelers. Many new 3 wheeler riders seem to greatly appreciate the ease of operation, specifically the lack of a clutch, shifting and only one foot activated brake pedal for all three brakes. I do sense a lower anxiety level from students in 3 wheel classes than in 2 wheel classes. Perhaps the lower anxiety levels might be partly attributable to far fewer "horror stories" about 3 wheelers circulating amongst the non riding public.

    Yes, 3 wheelers are fine for a beginner if that is what they want. Am I running out to buy one? No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    Interesting.....This is the first I have seen of it.
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    Just checked pricing-
    Ryker 600 will start at $8,499; Ryker 900 starts at $9,999; and Ryker Rally Edition, will begin at $10,999. By contrast, the 2019 Can-Am Spyder will start at $15,999 and goes up to $24,999. This aggressive pricing is at the heart of Can-Am's strategy to attract new riders to the Ryker.Oct 18, 2018
    Sounds real reasonable.
    I'm looking at a 2015 Spyder F3-S SE6 (new $23,500) with 2.5K miles, seller wants $11,500. I'm also looking at a new 2019 Ryker 900cc Ace for about the same amount OTD. Decisions, decisions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie0486 View Post
    Stay far away from RideNow, their reputation proceeds them and it's not good.
    I don't mind purchasing a bike from them, as long as the price is right, but I won't use them for service -- if I can help it. They have a horrible rep here in town. Of course they do mega-business here and in Phoenix.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 75450 View Post
    I'm looking at a 2015 Spyder F3-S SE6 (new $23,500) with 2.5K miles, seller wants $11,500. I'm also looking at a new 2019 Ryker 900cc Ace for about the same amount OTD. Decisions, decisions.

    The F3 will be a much better choice than the Ryker. To outfit the Ryker to even be serviceable, you'll need the accessory seat, windshield and 1 pannier/top case. Even then it's not really comfortable. It's lower to the ground, which does not give you good visibility and you need to be more agile riding it (ie. pulling a lever to reverse instead of a button and other things).
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    Quote Originally Posted by 75450 View Post
    I don't mind purchasing a bike from them, as long as the price is right, but I won't use them for service -- if I can help it. They have a horrible rep here in town. Of course they do mega-business here and in Phoenix.
    Watch them on used bikes, they tell you they changed the oil and upon inspection, it's old and black. I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw a salesman.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brownie0486 View Post
    Watch them on used bikes, they tell you they changed the oil and upon inspection, it's old and black. I wouldn't trust them as far as I could throw a salesman.
    I hear ya.
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